STRENGTHS: Mammoth frame with expansive arms and oven mitts for hands…surprisingly nimble for his size and plays with his feet underneath him…keeps his balance at contact, staying attached to blocks…quick out of his stance to achieve angles and wall off lanes…upper body power to shock defenders at contact, uncoiling his long arms into his target…gets his hooks into defenders to redirect-and-bury…competitive profile required for NFL trench warfare…improved awareness, especially on combo blocks…generates movement in the run game, clearing run room…versatile starting experience, logging snaps at both guard spots and right tackle…senior captain…earned praise from his coaches for switching between positions whenever needed – started 32 straight games to finish his career.
WEAKNESSES: Weight requires monitoring, ballooning close to 400 pounds at one point…high pads and needs to use better knee bend in his pass-sets…heavy when attempting to recover vs. inside moves…able to climb in a straight-line, but lumbers when attempting to pull laterally…reverts back to brute power over mechanics at times…catches too much in pass protection with inconsistent pocket depth…flag magnet earlier in his career and has a tendency to get grabby…hyper-focused on his man and late to pick up extra rushers…injuries were a consistent issue for him his first few seasons on campus.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at TCU, Pryor started the first four games of 2017 at right tackle before moving inside to right guard (where he started every game as a junior) because of injury-forced re-shuffling. He was singled out by TCU head coach Gary Patterson for his effectiveness while interchangeably moving between right tackle and right guard, doing what was best for the team. A dancing bear, Pryor has massive size measurements and coordinated movement skills to sustain blocks while keeping his balance. He is aggressive in his protections and drives defenders in the run game, but his tall pad level and technical break downs lead to negative reps. Overall, Joseph Noteboom will likely be the first TCU offensive lineman drafted, but Pryor has a chance to have the better long-term NFL career if he stays in shape.
Body beautiful with a long, athletic frame and room to grow. Easy acceleration into his routes. Flashes a second gear to create separation on vertical patterns. Controlled-strider with smooth movements mid-route. Drops his hips well for a player his size. Uses his long arms to snare throws. Looks to catch the ball with his hands and away from his body. Climbs the ladder and makes fluid mid-air adjustments on the football. Resides in the weight room as the son of a certified trainer and former two-time Mr. Universe and three-time Mr. World bodybuilder – started weight-training with his father at the age of five. Started every game the past two seasons and plays through minor injuries. Confident and worldly personality. – Dane Brugler 1/10/2018
Lean-muscled and lacks ideal bulk. Too easily redirect and knocked off his route path. Doesn’t consistently attack the middle of the field with focus, bracing early for possible contact. Looks to run or protect himself prior to securing the catch, leading to drops. Not comfortable in a crowd with inconsistent results in contested situations. Not a tackle-breaker, limiting his YAC opportunities. Doesn’t set up cornerbacks in his routes and lacks polish. Lack of body armor leads to durability concerns – suffered a shoulder injury (Nov. 2015) in practice that required surgery, missing the final four games of his first season. – Dane Brugler 1/10/2018
COMPARES TO: DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins – St. Brown likely won’t be a top-20 draft pick like Parker, but the raw size, speed, strength numbers are similar with the quick hands to snare throws. Although Parker hasn’t exactly lived up to his draft slot, there are no denying the traits and that is why teams will be encouraged by St. Brown.
IN OUR VIEW: St. Brown is a lean, long and rangy receiver, who needs to develop his polish and play strength, but displays the vertical speed and athletic profile to be a threat at all three levels of the defense. His production fell off in 2017 due to Notre Dame’s inconsistent passing attack, but his encouraging traits and potential are worth of a top-100 selection.
Smooth strider with the vertical wheels to stretch the field. Outstanding tracking skills over his shoulder. Focused on deep throws to run underneath the ball. Comfortable snatching away from his numbers. Tall and long athlete. Quick-footed in his line releases. Vision in the open-field to weave through the defense. Throttles up and down between gears to catch the pursuit off-balance. Tougher than he looks and isn’t intimidated by contact after the catch. Experienced returner, averaging 23.9 yards per kick return (31/742/0) and 13.2 yards per punt return (10/132/0) at BSU. Senior captain and his coaches speak highly of his professionalism. Steady performer and plays with the same demeanor no matter the stage or situation. Played through a bum left ankle most of the 2016 season. Productive in his two seasons in Boise, setting the single-season school record for receiving yards (1,511) as a senior. – Dane Brugler 1/21/2018
Lanky build with lean muscle definition. Questionable play strength to defeat press coverage. Can be out-physicaled mid-route and at the catch point. Not a tackle-breaker after the catch. Limited make-you-miss ability, especially in smaller areas. Rounds in- and out-breaking routes. Needs to introduce more nuance at the stem to sell routes – doesn’t fooled seasoned defensive backs. Ball gets on him quickly at times, leading to double-catches or drops. Missed playing time as a junior after tearing ligaments in his left ankle (Oct. 2016), requiring off-season surgery (Jan. 2017), which kept him out of spring drills. – Dane Brugler 1/21/2018
COMPARES TO: Ted Ginn, New Orleans Saints – Wilson won’t be a first round pick like Ginn was in the 2007 NFL Draft, but they have similar strengths with their ability to stretch routes, get vertical and run underneath throws for big plays.
IN OUR VIEW: Wilson isn’t going to fool anyone with his current route tree, but is one of the better vertical threats in this draft class with his ability to stack-and-track downfield. Although his lean frame is an issue, Wilson has the length to expand and pluck the ball away from his body.
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Cornell Armstrong, Sr., Southern Miss,...Armstrong and Moore teamed up with second-team honoree Mikell to limit teams to 179 passing yards per game, No. 16 in FBS. Armstrong missed three games due to injury, yet had six pass breakups and two interceptions. Moore holds the team lead with 73 tackles and three interceptions, one of which coming in overtime of the win at LA Tech. - Southern Miss Football
STRENGTHS: Quick-footed athlete…natural body control and reflexes to make himself available mid-route…excellent sense of space to patiently set up blocks before darting through traffic (evident on punt returns and screens)…reads coverages and sets up defensive backs…tracks the football well over his shoulder…toughness won’t be questioned by anyone…averaged 10.4 yards per punt return with one touchdown (47/488/1)…exceptional student, graduating as the valedictorian of Miami’s business school (3.96 GPA) with a double-major in finance and entrepreneurship (Dec. 2017)…won the 2017 Jim Tatum Award, given to the ACC’s top senior student-athlete…named a senior captain and his coaches praise his work ethic and perfectionist attitude.
WEAKNESSES: Shorter-than-ideal with a maxed-out build…small catch radius, lacking the arm length to extend outside his frame…body catcher and relies on his frame to finish…out-physicaled on the outside, struggling to beat press…relies more on pacing than athletic burst to beat coverage…doesn’t play with suddenness to consistently create after the catch, averaging only 11.8 yards per catch…only average speed by NFL standards…willing blocker, but limited in this area…durability will be questioned, especially his knees – tore the ACL in his right knee (Jan. 2014) and suffered a left knee sprain (Sept. 2015), missing multiple games; missed the Scouting Combine after a pectoral injury during the bench press.
SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Miami (Fla.), Berrios was a role player most of his career before starting all 13 games as the “Y” slot receiver in 2017, leading the Hurricanes in catches (55), receiving yards (679) and touchdown grabs (nine). He was more impressive in the classroom than on the field in college with a 3.96 GPA, earning numerous academic accolades. Berrios is quick in/out of his breaks with route polish to be a steady underneath target. However, he lacks ideal vertical speed and is a smallish target with limited reach outside his frame, creating minimal margin of inaccuracy from his quarterback when targeting him. Overall, Berrios is a quicker than fast slot option with NFL-quality character, toughness and punt return ability, but his limited catch radius lowers his pro ceiling.